Future Models - Ford 2016 Fiesta
Geneva show: Ford tunes up Fiesta ST200
Baby boomer: Ford's Fiesta ST has been tweaked for extra power, torque and an improved 0-100km/h sprint time.
Most powerful production Ford Fiesta ST to date lobs at Geneva show
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1 March 2016
FORD has unwrapped a faster, more powerful version of its Fiesta ST pocket
rocket at the Geneva motor show, but it's chances of making it to Australia are
The ST200 boosts power in the 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol engine by about
10 per cent over the standard ST from 134kW to 147kW, while torque rises by 20
per cent from 240Nm to 290Nm, making it the most powerful production Fiesta to
That boost is enough to ensure the cheeky hatch can race from zero to 100km/h
in 6.7 seconds, which is a 0.3s improvement over the ST, while the top speed is
The performance figures line up well against the ST200's main competition,
including the 153kW/300Nm Peugeot 208 GTi that races to 100km/h in 6.8s, the
147kW/240Nm Renault Clio RS200 with a 6.7s 0-100km/h time and the 141kW/320Nm
Volkswagen Polo GTI that gets to the same speed in 6.4s.
A statement from Ford Australia gave little away about the car-maker's
intentions for the spicy hatch Down Under.
“As part of our leading local investment, we are focused on our expanded
performance vehicle line-up – Mustang, Falcon Sprint, Fiesta ST, Focus ST and
the soon-to-be-released Focus RS – and cannot discuss future products.”
Late last month Ford Australia announced a pair of performance packages for its
Focus and Fiesta ST variants, developed in conjunction with United
Kingdom-based tuning company Mountune.
The Fiesta ST kit features an aluminium high-flow airbox, a high-flow panel air
filter, a lower air feed hose, an engine tune, Mountune performance badging and
an mTune handset for performance calibration, and lifts peak power from 134kW
to 158kW at 6000rpm and peak torque from 240Nm to 320Nm at 3000rpm.
Other tweaks under the skin include a transient overboost function that can
deliver an extra 11kW and 30Nm for up to 15 seconds for a quick blast. It also
features a 4.06 ratio final drive, shortened from 3.82 in the standard ST, for
improved in-gear acceleration and driveability.
Unique to the ST200 is the Storm Grey exterior colour, machined matte black
17-inch alloy wheels and red brake callipers.
Inside, there are unique part-leather charcoal Recaro front seats with
contrasting silver stitching, seatbelts with silver detailing and illuminated
Carried over from the standard ST hot hatch is a modified front steering
knuckle, Torque Vectoring Control with a three-mode Electronic Stability
Control system, an adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll stiffness,
unique front and rear dampers, a 15mm lower centre of gravity, sharper steering
ratio and an enhanced braking system.
Ford of Europe vice-president for product development Joe Bakaj said the Fiesta
ST200 has the potential to become a classic.
“The Fiesta ST is truly beloved by owners and critics. The ST200 takes this
special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” he said. “I
think it’s a future classic in the making.”
Also on the Ford stand at Geneva will be the facelifted version of the Kuga
mid-size SUV and the road-going version of the Ford GT that was revealed at
last year's Detroit motor show.